Australian Ambassador visits SRI project site in Quang Binh, Vietnam

Quang Binh - The Sowing the Seeds of Change Community based Climate Change Mitigation through Sustainable Rice Production (SRI) project had a pleasure to welcome H.E. Mr. Hugh Borrowman, the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, on a field visit to Thong Nhat village, An Ninh commune, Quang Ninh district, Quang Binh province.

This marks an important milestone for the project after its first harvest. The“Sowing the Seeds of Change - Community Based Climate Change Mitigation Through Sustainable Rice Production”  project is funded by  the Australian Government’s “Community-based Climate Change Action Grants”. It will be implemented over three years (2012-2014) by SNV  in collaboration with Departments of Agriculture & Rural Development of Binh Dinh and Quang Binh provinces.  The project aims to increase the resilience of small holder rice farmers through improved rice production techniques, market linkages and rice residue management that will result in increased income for farmers and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from rice production systems.

In his meeting with the local authorities and farmers, the Ambassador said: “It’s very important that we’ve come out and talked to you and learned at first hand what kind of difference this project has made to your life. Countries give aid to help people improve their lives, and it’s very clear from what we’ve seen today is that this project is helping people in this commune to improve their lives, to raise standards of living with higher income, which means they can educate the children better and the standards of the whole country rises.”

To date, the project has achieved promising results:

Higher productivity: the “big scale rice field” VT-NA2 variety which has been introduced in SRI contributes subtantially to rice productivity improvement. SRI rice productivity is 8,500 kg/ha, 1,400kg/ha higher than that on the control rice fields at Tay An commune and 8,200kg/a- 700kg/ha higher than that at Phuoc Son commune.

Social inclusion: The SRI programme has brought different stakeholders together. It created a strong link between the government, scientists, enterprises and  farmers, which create a ground to promote behavioral change communication (BCC) in applying innovative techniques in sustainable low carbon rice production.  

BCC has been effectively used to raise the awareness of farmers in SRI approach, reducing variety, reducing water for irrigation, reducing of pesticide/ chemical fertilizer on rice, raising rice productivity and helping farmers to understand how to reduce GHG emission in rice cultivation and climate change impacts on agriculture, particularly rice production.

SRI requires the reduced use of chemical fertilizer and increased use of organic fertilizer to reduce GHG emission. However, quantity of organic fertilizer is still limited and there is a lack of service providers.

However, the project is still facing challenges such as huge number of households joining SRI model (531 households) with a limited land area (90 ha), which makes training and communication uneasy. Some areas were inundated due to unusual rain, some others suffer from draught and affected by brown snails and need to be re-sowned (1.7 ha). It more or less affects SRI implementation.

2013 Summmer- Autumn crop’s orientation:

  • Extend SRI rice area.
  • Continue to enhance applied techniques on SRI rice field to aim at higher rice quality, organic, clean rice and enhance market linkages and measure GHG emission reduction.
  • Enhance monitoring and evaluation activities at local level as well as promote responsibility of group leaders in enhancing SRI book record of households.  

 For more information about the project, please contact

Daniel Oporto, Agriculture Sector Leader, at DOportoCalderon@snvworld.org

or

Le Minh Tuan, SRI Project Manager, at tleminh@snvworld.org

 View the project brochure here.

 

 

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